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Contents<br />

Regulars<br />

Contents<br />

4 Editor’s Letter<br />

38 Community Pages:<br />

6 Army Fashion Cadet pages Troop A<br />

westender<br />

41 Mum’s Notebook<br />

underwear shoot<br />

13 A Jian London<br />

Fashion, beauty & health<br />

Christmas<br />

14 8 Shipshape West End Fashion Live<br />

with 31 WIN! Greg At Kane Rainbow Room<br />

19 International<br />

A west end<br />

Christmas 50 Health Matters gift guide<br />

28 Up Front<br />

gypsy Shopping brewing<br />

30 Restaurant review<br />

31 27 WIN! Father’s A 3 Day course Gift meal Guide<br />

with wine at Rio Cafe &<br />

WIN! Going A out weekend<br />

at The Bruce Arms<br />

16 West End Live<br />

32 Sweet Liberty recipe<br />

with Greg Kane<br />

34 Author’s Bookgroup<br />

18 Spirit of Glasgow<br />

meets Phil Differ<br />

29 Top Things<br />

39 Jingle Belles at<br />

Kennedy + Co<br />

Art & culture<br />

40 WIN! A style<br />

makeover at Rainbow<br />

32 Artist Interview:<br />

Room International<br />

Nichol Wheatley<br />

41 Festive Offers<br />

42 Cover to Cover<br />

at Esteem Beauty<br />

42 100 years of<br />

Erskine Food & drink celebrated<br />

at 44 The Sweet Hunterian Liberty<br />

44 47 Bar Health Review: Matters Lock 27<br />

47 49 Mum’s Restaurant Notebook Review:<br />

49 Public Top House Thingsby Nico<br />

52 Interiors article:<br />

Christmas in colour<br />

Westender living<br />

55 Country comforts<br />

56 52 Renovations Hygge home In Mind<br />

58 56 Atlas WIN! Free kitchen tickets to<br />

makeover The Ideal Home Show<br />

66 59 Put Legal Your Matters Feet Up with<br />

Mitchells 61 Local Design Roberton Icon<br />

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Editor’s<br />

Letter<br />

Iliterally cannot believe how 2019 is<br />

ripping along and we’re heading into late<br />

spring already. Don’t get me wrong I’m<br />

not complaining, I’m planning camping trips<br />

with my boys, festival visits with friends<br />

and getting excited for the next Bard in the<br />

Botanic plays being released. I love you<br />

summer!<br />

Get your gig guide dates fixed with Greg<br />

Kane’s picks on Page 16, and festivals<br />

scouted with Tracy Mukherjee on Page 29.<br />

There’s nothing like date nights in the diary to<br />

ease the pain of the working day.<br />

Our foodie writer, Amy Glasgow (true<br />

fact!), turns to drink for her first three page<br />

spread for Westender. Discovering what<br />

makes Glasgow’s West End a mecca for<br />

small scale, and larger, distilleries – why not<br />

try a distillery tour to sample a local artisanal<br />

product produced on our doorstep (Page 18).<br />

There’s a chance to meet artist Nichol<br />

Wheatley, the man behind the Tam O’ Shanter<br />

series on the walls of Òran Mór, on Page 32.<br />

12 years in the discussion with Òran Mór<br />

owner Colin Beattie these vast canvases have<br />

found a permanent home on the walls of the<br />

downstairs bar for all to enjoy.<br />

With book reviews (Page 42) to while away<br />

the upcoming May Bank Holidays, Father’s<br />

Day (Page 27) and new and refurbished food<br />

and drink venues to be sampled there’s a lot<br />

covered in this edition of Westender – where<br />

will we find the time to fit it all in? My advice,<br />

plan. Cycle along the Forth & Clyde canal and<br />

have a drink at Lock 27 (Page 47) enroute to<br />

a fab sharing meal at Public House by Nico<br />

(Page 49). Pop into Waterstone’s at the top of<br />

Byres Road for some top reads for Father’s<br />

Day before heading home. Sounds like a fab<br />

plan to me!<br />

Now me, I’m off to plan our annual<br />

camping trip to Cobleland – a Camping in<br />

the Forest site near Aberfoyle. Then I’ll know<br />

summer has offically started – unfortunately<br />

with midges attached. This year I may even<br />

be fit enough for a cycle all the way round<br />

Loch Katrine to Stronlochar. Here’s hoping.<br />

With routes direct from the campsite into<br />

Aberfoyle and beyond to Loch Ard we’re<br />

spoilt for choice anyway. And I have our<br />

cycling trips all round the West End to thank<br />

wfor helping me back to fitness to set me on<br />

my way.<br />

Suzanne Martin

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Full service family-run law firm<br />

comes to Hyndland Road<br />

Cannons Law Practice LLP arrives in<br />

Hyndland on 23rd April. Previously<br />

located in the Charing Cross area,<br />

the firm is expanding and moving to 158<br />

Hyndland Road this Spring.<br />

Cannons is a family run law firm, with a 50<br />

year heritage. Nicola Cannon and her father,<br />

Frank, are at the helm of an expanding team<br />

of lawyers, qualified legal professionals and<br />

support staff.<br />

Cannons offer a personal service to a<br />

loyal client base of individuals, business<br />

owners and commercial operators of every<br />

size. Cannons prides itself on being small<br />

and friendly, yet offering specialist legal<br />

advice across a wide variety of practice areas<br />

including: corporate law; commercial and<br />

residential property; litigation and contractual<br />

disputes; personal injury; employment law;<br />

licensing; family law; and private client. This<br />

breadth of service sets Cannons apart from<br />

most other firms of similar size in the West of<br />

Scotland.<br />

Frank Cannon also offers a unique service.<br />

Having been a pilot for over 50 years, and<br />

having owned and managed an airline,<br />

Frank is one of Scotland’s very few aviation<br />

lawyers. He has acted for people injured in<br />

aviation accidents, represented pilots and<br />

crew at Fatal Accident Inquiries and advised<br />

the travelling public on their<br />

aviation rights.<br />

Cannons are also pleased<br />

to announce the arrival of new<br />

Senior Associate, Jane Whyte,<br />

a private client specialist,<br />

formerly of Harper Macleod LLP. Jane<br />

will be heading up the firm’s new Wealth<br />

Protection department providing tailored<br />

private client services such as Will-writing,<br />

Estate Planning, Powers of Attorney and<br />

Trust Administration.<br />

If you need some legal advice,<br />

or would simply like an informal chat<br />

about your legal affairs, you can<br />

reach a member of the dedicated<br />

legal team by calling 0141 204 5115 or<br />

by emailing office@cannonslaw.com.<br />

Cannons Law Practice<br />

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LIVE<br />

May<br />

Kojaque<br />

Thursday 2nd May 7.30pm<br />

SWG3 Poetry Club, swg3.tv<br />

23-year-old Irish rapper Kojaque<br />

mixes sampling and jazz beats with<br />

dynamic, poetic lyrics showcasing<br />

life as a modern Dubliner. He’s also<br />

an established film-maker and visual<br />

artist who brings his multi-media<br />

smarts to all his live performances.<br />

I’d never heard an Irish accent deliver<br />

HipHop/R’n’B before, but Kojaque<br />

really makes it work. The Irish lilt<br />

that storytelling muckers really rely<br />

on lends itself so convincingly to this<br />

music genre. He’s very good at it too.<br />

'Who loves ya baby?'… Sorry, I just<br />

had to. 'Saperstein!' STOP! 'Crocker!'.<br />

ENOUGH!<br />

Choice Tracks:<br />

Kojaque 'Bubby's Cream'<br />

Stag And Dagger Festival<br />

Sunday 5th May<br />

Various venues<br />

This is one of my favourite festivals.<br />

You buy your wrist band for £25 and<br />

that grants you unlimited access<br />

to various venues scattered around<br />

the Charing Cross area of Glasgow<br />

hosting over 50 'up and coming' acts<br />

in one day. Previous years’ highlights<br />

have included The Staves, Royal<br />

Blood, Tobias Jesso Jr. and Ed Sheeran<br />

even… as well as many, many more<br />

who’ve either scaled the dizzying<br />

heights to pop stardom or wasted most<br />

of their parents’ money on completely<br />

unrealistic ambitions.<br />

It’s just great fun walking around<br />

discovering bands you’ve never heard<br />

of and people watching all the new<br />

music freaks… oh and the toilet<br />

facilities are far superior to any<br />

'festival in a field' offerings this<br />

summer!<br />

See website for listings:<br />

facebook.com/StagAndDaggerGlasgow<br />

Choice tracks:<br />

Dream Wife ‘Hey Heartbreaker'<br />

Pip Blom 'Daddy Issues'<br />

RF 19<br />

Sat 25th – Sun 26th May<br />

Riverside Museum<br />

Another festival, but this time one<br />

that is completely dedicated to the<br />

wonders of electronic music hosted<br />

in and around the iconic, European<br />

museum of the year 2013, Zaha Hadid<br />

designed Glasgow Riverside Museum.<br />

Now in its’ 7th year this two day<br />

festival attracts well over 10,000<br />

EDM lovers from all around the globe<br />

and features over 50 scene-leading,<br />

cutting-edge, underground artists<br />

and DJs and this year’s 'must see'<br />

surely will be the wonderful composer<br />

Jon Hopkins performing on the Sunday<br />

night. I’m really looking forward to<br />

this years’ Riverside Festival as I’ve<br />

been delving into the world of synths<br />

and electronica for the past 12 months<br />

preparing for a new project. If this is<br />

your bag then I also encourage you to<br />

check out the podcasts 'Why We Bleep'<br />

and 'Data Cult Audio' for a flavour<br />

of what to expect. Hopefully see you<br />

there.<br />

See website for listings:<br />

riversidefestivalglasgow.com<br />

Choice track: Caribou ‘Bees’<br />

Jon Hopkins 'Everything Connected'

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by Greg Kane<br />

June<br />

Billie Marten<br />

Thursday 6th June 7pm<br />

SWG3 Poetry Club, swg3.tv<br />

Billie Marten is a 19 year old singer/<br />

songwriter from North Yorkshire. This<br />

delicate little English Rose looks far<br />

too young and innocent to be messing<br />

around in the cut throat world of<br />

music. But her voice has just about the<br />

perfect balance of vulnerability and<br />

skill: her tuning is near pitch perfect,<br />

she’s a nice guitarist and has a clutch<br />

of good tunes which put together<br />

should give her a fighting chance.<br />

But there are unfortunately some<br />

minuses. Her visuals’ water obsession,<br />

– especially the one where she’s lying<br />

in a bath eating pink grapefruits.<br />

And pseudonyms have always irked me,<br />

Billie Marten is not her real name,<br />

it’s Sophie Tweddle.<br />

Anyhow, comparisons to Kate Bush and<br />

Laura Marling are accurate.<br />

Choice track:<br />

Billie Marten 'Live'<br />

Doves<br />

Saturday 8th June 6pm<br />

Galvanisers Yard, swg3.tv<br />

Brothers Jez and Andy Williams,<br />

joined by friend Jimi Goodwin make up<br />

the band Doves who had their moment<br />

in the sun back in the 'Madforit' early<br />

noughties. I remember them being<br />

synonymous with the indie singer/<br />

songwriter Badly Drawn Boy as they<br />

acted as his backing band during<br />

his early successes (most notably<br />

writing the music for the 2002 film<br />

'About A Boy'). But I also remember<br />

being coaxed onto the dancefloor in<br />

the early 90s by a brilliant latin<br />

groove dance track from the act Sub<br />

Sub called 'Ain’t No Love (Ain’t No<br />

Use)'. Wouldn’t seem to be connected…<br />

but Sub Sub and Doves are one and the<br />

same, but 10 years apart. At the end<br />

of 2018 the band members announced a<br />

series of gigs for 2019 and a tentative<br />

plan to explore new music together.<br />

Hurrah.<br />

Choice Track: Doves<br />

'There Goes The Fear'<br />

Glasgow International Jazz Festival<br />

Weds 19th June – Sun 23rd June<br />

Various venues<br />

Now in its’ 33rd year the Glasgow<br />

International Jazz Festival plays<br />

host to the world’s finest Jazziteers<br />

for five days in June at various<br />

venues across the city. With Glasgow’s<br />

Royal Conservatoire Of Scotland<br />

consolidating its’ place in the 'Top<br />

10 in the World Music Conservatories'<br />

over the last few years, the standard<br />

of jazz musicianship in Glasgow has<br />

never been higher. Being in my 50’s I<br />

fondly remember the early, heady days<br />

of our Jazz Fest and some of the best<br />

nights are to be had at the infamous<br />

after show Late Night Jazz Club, which<br />

this year will be held in the Blue<br />

Arrow on Sauchiehall Street each<br />

night from 10pm till late.<br />

My choice gig in the West End is Jazz<br />

duo LUNIR featuring the beautiful<br />

Becky Sikasa on vocals, keys, guitar<br />

and looping at The Hug & Pint on<br />

Sunday 23rd June.<br />

See website for all listings:<br />

jazzfest.co.uk<br />

Choice track: LUNIR ' Wadidi'

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Spirit of<br />

Glasgow<br />


Whisky and gin and rum… oh my! Westender writer, Amy Glasgow,<br />

investigates the recent rise in tours, tastings and pairings in our now<br />

flourishing craft spirits industry – right here in the West End. Not content with<br />

grinding our own coffee, baking our own bread, and crafting our own beer,<br />

it’s now the turn of spirits to experience the full hand-crafting makeover.<br />

It’s no secret that in Glasgow we love our<br />

booze, but over the years our tastes have<br />

become more refined, moving away from<br />

bottles of Buckfast and cans of Tennents<br />

to indulge in more premium offerings. First<br />

came the rise of ‘craft’ beer, with Drygate<br />

Brewery opening in the east end and upmarket<br />

off-licenses like The Good Spirits<br />

Company on Clarence Drive offering their<br />

customers a range of small batch and<br />

independently brewed beers from all over<br />

the UK and rapidly cementing themselves as<br />

Glasgow institutions. More recently, however,<br />

the west end in particular is becoming<br />

Glasgow’s centre for the latest trend in the<br />

lucrative alcohol market, craft spirits.<br />

Scotland as a whole is known for its<br />

extensive number of whisky distilleries up<br />

and down the country, from Old Pulteney in<br />

Wick to Auchentoshan in Clydebank. Now<br />

though, The Clydeside Distillery is bringing<br />

whisky back to the heart of Glasgow. Located<br />

on the former site of the Queen’s Dock, the<br />

new distillery is built in the old pumphouse,<br />

which controlled the gate to the dock from<br />

which whiskey was exported to the entire<br />

world.<br />

‘From the very beginning, we wanted the<br />

influences and history of the surrounding<br />

area to have a huge part of the project,’ says<br />

the team. ‘Every decision, from the design<br />

and colour scheme to the choice of furniture<br />

and interiors, has been done to reflect the<br />

historical and industrial influences of the<br />

surrounding area.’<br />

A distillery first and foremost, the site is<br />

also a tourist attraction, ranked number three<br />

on TripAdvisor despite only opening its doors<br />

in 2017. With an extremely passionate and<br />

knowledgeable team behind it, the distillery<br />

is a celebration of the history of whisky,<br />

allowing its guests to gain an understanding<br />

of Glasgow’s strong connection to the liquid<br />

gold with their interactive experience.<br />

‘Glasgow has a long and special<br />

relationship with Scotch whisky and our<br />

visitor experience brings this relationship<br />

to life with the sights and sounds of a fully<br />

operational Queen’s Dock from its heyday in<br />

the late 1800s.’<br />

The Clydeside Distillery has received rave<br />

reviews, attracting visitors from around the<br />

globe and offering three distinct tours: the<br />

Clydeside Tour, Chocolate and Whisky Tour<br />

and the Distillery Manager Tour. It might be<br />

a few years before we see their first Lowland<br />

Single Malt Scotch Whisky, but we think it will<br />

be worth the wait.

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If whisky isn’t your thing though,<br />

that is not a problem, as it’s not just<br />

whisky that has been having a<br />

resurgence in Glasgow’s West End.<br />

Few can have missed that gin is<br />

having somewhat of resurgence, with<br />

small batch distilleries and independent<br />

companies launching their own ranges of the<br />

botanical beverage. One such example is The<br />

Garden Shed Drinks Company, which was set<br />

up by rugby players Ryan Grant and Ruaridh<br />

Jackson and their wives Kirstin and Maxine.<br />

‘Kirstin and Ruaridh were living with us<br />

at the time, having just moved back from<br />

London and Ryan had paid a visit to a local<br />

distillery,’ explains Maxine. ‘He felt inspired<br />

and came home afterwards saying “I think<br />

we should try and make our own gin”. We<br />

thought it was a fun idea and got on board<br />

with it but we had no idea we would end up<br />

here!’<br />

The award winning Garden Shed Gin is<br />

a classic London dry style gin made using a<br />

blend of 13 botanicals including home-grown<br />

blackberries, dandelion root and lavender.<br />

The gin is distilled following the west end<br />

recipe at Eden Mill in St Andrews and is<br />

available in The Good Spirits Co. shop in<br />

Hyndland.<br />

‘Obviously gin is in right now, so that<br />

helps, but there are a lot of new brands doing<br />

very interesting and quite experimental things<br />

with their spirits and consumers are buying<br />

less of the big name brands. People always<br />

love finding unknown brands and introducing<br />

them to their friends and family,’ says Maxine.<br />

It would certainly explain the influx of<br />

craft and small batch spirits flooding the<br />

shelves of not just speciality shops but local<br />

supermarkets. It seems that consumers are<br />

becoming far more invested in understanding<br />

where a product comes from and what<br />

goes into it. Scotland in general has a good<br />

reputation for its quality spirits, particularly<br />

whisky and gin, and we’re also known for<br />

being quite patriotic, so having a growing<br />

number of brands and spirits we can get<br />

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This is certainly the sentiment that Zander<br />

Macgregor, co-founder of Wester Spirit Co.<br />

agrees with, ‘The rise of craft spirits has<br />

largely been down to the change in people’s<br />

attitudes to the food and drink they consume.<br />

Consumers are looking for a product that<br />

has been produced by a real person with a<br />

genuine story behind the brand.’<br />

Wester Spirit Co. have pioneered<br />

commercial rum distillation in Glasgow,<br />

opening their distillery in November of 2018<br />

with tours beginning in January of 2019. The<br />

Limited Edition Batch 001 bottles are unique<br />

and numbered, sealed with a wax top, to<br />

mark the first time rum is flowing in Glasgow<br />

in over 300 years. The demand for locally<br />

distilled products such as these is clear, with<br />

Wester’s first spiced rum quickly selling out.<br />

So what is it about Glasgow’s West End that<br />

attracts enterprises such as Wester?<br />

‘We chose the West End to locate our<br />

new rum distillery because of the vibrant<br />

creative scene and host of independent bars,<br />

restaurants and cafes surrounding us, there’s<br />

a real sense of community. The people of<br />

Glasgow have certainly embraced the “shop<br />

local” culture and that is evident in the<br />

growing number of independent producers in<br />

the city,’ says Zander.<br />

It can’t be denied that the west end<br />

of Glasgow has some truly incredible<br />

independent producers and there is certainly<br />

a much bigger focus on food made my hands<br />

and not machines, so why would the same<br />

not be true for drinks?<br />

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Legal Matters<br />

Give me a home, where<br />

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Always a terrifying date in the diary, Father’s Day arrives fraught with danger.<br />

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Top Things To Do<br />

in the West End<br />

by Tracy Mukherjee<br />

Late spring/early summer, a truly glorious time<br />

of the year. A time to reflect on how fortunate<br />

we are to be Westenders with our myriad of<br />

festivals, fairs and frolics. Let’s look forward to<br />

long summer nights in our favourite corner of<br />

Glasgow.<br />

Top for THE Festival<br />

It seems almost impossible that 365 days<br />

have passed since the last West End Festival<br />

monopolised every inch of our social life.<br />

But thankfully it’s here again! The largest<br />

cultural event in Glasgow kicks off on Friday<br />

31st May for a month long run of art, music,<br />

theatre and cultural events.<br />

Top picks for street parties include Mansfield<br />

Park Gala Day, Wilton Street Garden Fete,<br />

Willow Bank Bowling Club Summer Fete and<br />

Queen Margaret Drive Gala Day.<br />

For music, The University of Scotland<br />

Symphony Orchestra kicks off the festival with<br />

a programme including Stravinsky and Dvorak.<br />

Songbird sees Ellyn Oliver singing the works of<br />

the great Eva Cassidy, whilst Samba Ya Bamba<br />

and Friends bring Brazil to Kelvingrove Art<br />

Galleries. Also look out for Da Capo Alba Guitar<br />

and Mandolin Orchestra performing a stunning<br />

concert at Cottiers.<br />

Stand out events include Vinicombe Street Silent<br />

Disco. Kelvingrove hosts both the Midsummer<br />

Solstice Fire Show and the family Open-Air<br />

Ceilidh. For more family fun visit The Magic<br />

Circus at the Scottish Mask and Puppet Centre.<br />

To ferry you from one event to the next, look out<br />

for the free Vintage Bus Service on 30th June.<br />

Take a ride in a restored vintage bus, navigating<br />

a circular route from the Riverside Museum via<br />

Byres Road and Anniesland. Hop on and hop<br />

off at your favourite stop – Botanic Gardens,<br />

Broomhill – it’s free throughout the day, so enjoy!<br />

The West End Festival, various venues,<br />

Fri 31st May – Sun 30th June<br />

For full programme details visit –<br />

w: westendfestival.co.uk<br />

Glasgow Vintage Vehicle Trust (GVVT)<br />

at the WEF, Sun 30th June, for route<br />

details and information on the GVVT visit:<br />

w: gvvt.org/events<br />

Top for Toe Tapping<br />

With some top notch nights out coming up,<br />

time to brush up on your dance moves and take<br />

to the floor. The Roaring 20s Party, By Order<br />

of The Peaky Blinders flaps onto the dance<br />

floor of SWG3 this June. A night of prohibition<br />

paraphernalia, entertainment and music, tickets<br />

to this event will be hotter than a gangster’s<br />

moll. Of course 1920s dress is a must, especially<br />

for some selfies with themed cocktails.<br />

Entertainment on the night includes a flutter<br />

on the horses plus casino (strictly for laughs<br />

of course), clairvoyant capers with magicians,<br />

palm, tarot readers and beautiful burlesque.<br />

It’s quite a list and that's without mentioning<br />

music, dance and the champagne reception.<br />

Heading up to University Avenue, the Big Band<br />

Dance Night takes us back to the dance halls of<br />

the 1940s for a night of saxxy sophistication.<br />

Whether it’s Lindy Hop, Jive or Foxtrot (or<br />

indeed just dad dancing) the spirit of dance<br />

leaders such as Glen Miller or Duke Ellington<br />

won’t be far away. Featuring the 14 piece big<br />

band Jon Ritchie and That Swing Sensation,<br />

even if you are blessed with two left feet, what it<br />

is to sit back, close your eyes and listen to some<br />

truly spine tingling music from a golden age.<br />

The Roaring 20s Party, By Order of Peaky<br />

Blinders, SWG3 Studio, Sat 1st June<br />

w: swg3.tv/events<br />

Big Band Dance Night, Glasgow<br />

University Union, Sat 23rd June<br />

w/ Jon Ritchie and That Swing Sensation<br />

and search events

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Top Things To Do<br />

in the West End<br />

by Tracy Mukherjee<br />

Top for Top Art<br />

Making a welcome return to Kelvingrove this<br />

May, the Glasgow Contemporary Art Fair<br />

(GCAF) will be setting up its temporary gallery<br />

in the Marquee at Kelvingrove Museum and Art<br />

Galleries. This stand out art event was a great<br />

success last year with artists from every genre.<br />

A chance to purchase original and contemporary<br />

art lies ahead, with emerging local and national<br />

painters displaying their creations. Some work<br />

has even been created especially for the GCAF.<br />

The preview event on the Friday is a chance to<br />

get a sneak peak of what’s on offer before the<br />

show opens to the public on Saturday the 18th<br />

May. There will be a glass of bubbly and a chance<br />

to mingle with the artist and gallery owners.<br />

Tickets for the main event will allow visitors<br />

to come and go as they please, a chance for a<br />

welcome coffee as you contemplate that £50 vs<br />

£30,000 artwork!<br />

Glasgow Contemporary Art Fair<br />

The Marquee at Kelvingrove, preview<br />

evening Fri 17th May, 18th – 19th May<br />

w: gcaf.co.uk<br />

Top for Up and Coming<br />

Artists<br />

I really enjoyed art at high school but with a<br />

father as an engineer, that career choice was<br />

certainly never going to take flight. But how<br />

nice it would be to revisit art, drawing in a<br />

comfortable, relaxed environment all these<br />

years later. Enter The Shop of Interest. This<br />

delightfully bijou boutique on Argyle Street has<br />

long been a favourite to admire and buy visionary<br />

artwork, breathtaking designs and elegant<br />

handmade jewellery. Now, with new owner Diana<br />

Kiernander at the helm, the little boutique is<br />

about to play host to untutored life drawing<br />

classes… with a difference. For six fortnightly<br />

sessions, participants will be drawing fashion<br />

illustrations. Table-top easels will be provided<br />

and if you don’t have your own sketchpads or<br />

materials to bring along these can be bought<br />

on the night. Diana will curate the classes, with<br />

the chance to create your own interpretation of<br />

the fantastic fashion on show. Classes are £7<br />

each and £7 to reserve your space, bookable in<br />

advance.<br />

Pencil at the ready… enjoy.<br />

Life Drawing Classes at The Shop<br />

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Top for Soul Sustenance<br />

Finally for this issue we are ending slightly<br />

further afield with the RSPB event Bluebells<br />

and Birdsong. This May, why not head out to<br />

Loch Lomond’s bonny banks for a morning walk<br />

through bluebell filled woods, enjoying late<br />

spring birdsong. The event will take you on a<br />

walk along bluebell scented trails and out to the<br />

RSPB reserve. There you can keep an eye out<br />

for our feathered friends who have made their<br />

way back from Africa for their summer vacation<br />

in Scotland… words I never thought I’d write!<br />

A most perfect start to an early summer’s day…<br />

Bluebells and Birdsong, RSPB Loch Lomond,<br />

High Wards Farm, Gartocharn G83 8SB<br />

Sat 18th May,<br />

w: rspb.org.uk/reserves-and-events/<br />

Other Dates for your Diary<br />

• Glasgow Mela Kelvingrove Park,<br />

Sun 23rd June<br />

• Mens 10K Run, Riverside Museum to<br />

George Square , Sun 16th June<br />

• Festival of Wine, Trades Hall,<br />

Sat 29th June

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Òran Mór hosts artist<br />

Nichol Wheatley<br />


Imet with Nichol Wheatley a matter of days<br />

after the opening to his latest exhibition,<br />

‘Tam O’ Shanter’ – he was sitting in the<br />

quiet of Òran Mór, gently welcoming the<br />

warmth of friends dropping in to share their<br />

congratulations. It was a chance for the<br />

paintings to once again fill the space over and<br />

above all else and I imagine further still from<br />

the two years previous, working in his studio<br />

to bring each painting to completion.<br />

This, Wheatley’s 4th solo exhibition<br />

presents a series of 10 major works offering a<br />

pictorial journey of a poem, written over 200<br />

years ago by the great bard Robert Burns.<br />

Its very name and narrative continuing to<br />

echo through the gates of history, retaining<br />

its enduring relevance not only within our<br />

own cultural and literary landscape but as<br />

reminder of the unwavering human condition.<br />

Wheatley leads us into the narrative with<br />

a painting of Tam in the bustling market town<br />

square, before he moves into the folds of the<br />

warmth and familiarity of his local inn, and its<br />

equally acquainted characters. Tam of course<br />

makes way for home – leaving as witching<br />

hour keen approaches but first Wheatley<br />

contemplates a key shift in the poem – a<br />

direct reference to the only part Burns wrote<br />

in English.<br />

‘But pleasures are like poppies spread,<br />

You seize the flower, it’s bloom is shed;<br />

Or like the snow falls in the river,<br />

A moment white – then melts for ever;’<br />

It’s a particularly reflective moment,<br />

a human tale of the foolish Tam fallen foul<br />

to the short-term fix of the beer glass as his

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wife and responsibilities await him. Wheatley<br />

moves focus to the outdoors, figures small<br />

in the landscape, a gentle movement of the<br />

grass, the slow pace of the river, the form<br />

of a reclining female in the clouds watching<br />

over – mother earth perhaps sympathetic<br />

to the innate opportunity for ‘good’ that is<br />

also within the bounds of our humanness.<br />

A wonderful scene that’s as much an<br />

allegorical reminder of the fragility of life<br />

against the power and might of the natural<br />

elements as it is for Tam as we contemplate<br />

the sober reality of fleeting pleasures ending,<br />

as they of course do.<br />

There is beauty to be found in all<br />

Wheatley’s paintings and they captivate<br />

not just by their physical size and presence<br />

but for his artistic skill, technical brilliance<br />

and innate attention to detail. A cloud of<br />

thistledown is finely depicted in the lower left<br />

of the painting – so delicately worked and<br />

recognisable within the childhood memories<br />

of many Scottish children, as well as<br />

Wheatley. ‘I remember catching thistledown<br />

as a kid and when you blew it free, a fairy was<br />

to grant you a wish.’ So lifelike in its rendering<br />

that he recounts how his father thought it was<br />

‘stuck on’ to the painting.<br />

The pictures continue to journey through<br />

Burns epic poem, the play of drama<br />

intensifying. There is a reverence found in<br />

the deep azure blue of the night sky, boldly<br />

powerful above the solitary Tam riding on the<br />

back of his horse Meg – man versus world in<br />

the impending moments before high drama<br />

unfolds on the path before them at Alloway<br />

Kirk. Wonderful attention to detail is again<br />

found in the characters making their way<br />

through the blades of grass in the graveyard<br />

towards the golden glow of light ahead and<br />

what is to be a scene behold of merriment<br />

and one of terror for the drunken Tam.<br />

Evocative flames of light, dancing beings<br />

– the night unfolds with darkness holding<br />

power, a reality where truth and imagination<br />

blend, a thinning of the veil between the<br />

creatures of the unseen and the world of<br />

humans. Two spectacular paintings reflect<br />

Tams visions within the Kirk before we see<br />

him escape with Meg through the land and<br />

over Brig o’ Doon.<br />

The landscape plays a significant part<br />

in Wheatley’s narrative. On my second visit<br />

there is more to see – the hordes of hell<br />

chasing Tam over the bridge, the clouds,<br />

which I found so captivating early in the<br />

series remain so, almost developing and<br />

reflecting their own shift in intensity within the<br />

pictures as the story unfolds. Yet, Wheatley<br />

was for many years reluctant to call himself<br />

an artist. Art School disappointed in so<br />

far as the training did not satisfy or go far<br />

enough for him to feel expert enough. ‘I had<br />

hoped to be taught as a painter,’ he tells<br />

me. So began a rather more unconventional<br />

journey, where the working world of industry<br />

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When Out The Hellish Legion Sallied ©Nichol Wheatley<br />

presented opportunity to colour the mind, a<br />

fertile ground for learning – chef, blacksmith,<br />

barman, bouncer, building site labourer, each<br />

offered an eye for study and a possibility for<br />

the hands on practical.<br />

All the while Wheatley continued to draw, and<br />

it was just 7 years after leaving Art School<br />

that he founded a commercial art company –<br />

Perfect Circle. A name that rose from an act<br />

of the Florentine painter and draughtsman<br />

Giotto (b.1266) who was reputed to have<br />

drawn a perfect circle of red paint in one<br />

brushstroke at the request of the Pope, as<br />

a measure of his skill. For Perfect Circle,<br />

a small team of artists were challenged to<br />

problem solve, project manage people, space<br />

and materials and budgets – a wonderful nod<br />

to the Renaissance studio.<br />

The client list grew quickly, from set<br />

designs for film and television to private<br />

and public commissions. The Blue Nile’s<br />

Paul Buchanan was in fact one of the wellwishers<br />

who stopped by the day we met,<br />

and Wheatley briefly told me about their<br />

collaboration for Kelvingrove Station, a piece<br />

that he is extremely proud of. ‘Translating<br />

ideas through two different skill sets was<br />

exciting and is a fantastic challenge,’ he<br />

recounts, ‘yet we knew with absolute<br />

confidence that it would work.’<br />

It was also interesting to learn that<br />

Wheatley’s ‘Tam O Shanter’ was first<br />

discussed with Òran Mór’s owner Colin<br />

Beattie some 12 years previous. At the<br />

time he was working with Alasdair Gray on<br />

the ceiling of the building and it took some<br />

years for the commission to bear fruit.<br />

On visiting the exhibition, Gray I have<br />

no doubt was impressed by his friend’s<br />

achievement although Wheatley did recount,<br />

with a smile that he thought there were,<br />

‘things that could be improved.’<br />

Now complete, it will share the same<br />

space each January in celebration of the birth<br />

of Robert Burns, at eye level under the might<br />

of Gray’s mural ‘Universe’, as yet unfinished<br />

but equally sublime in it beauty and his iconic<br />

painting ‘Fleck’, before returning to their more<br />

permanent home on the walls of the bar on<br />

the ground level.<br />

From the lofts to the rather unique setting<br />

of the bar downstairs, connecting the story<br />

to a contemporary audience sees the journey<br />

of this series of paintings endure in a space<br />

where people gather, eat, drink, sit among<br />

friends and observe in solitude – a brilliant<br />

allegory and a perfect place for Wheatley’s<br />

magnificent paintings to call home.<br />

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A FORCE<br />

for good<br />

with young people<br />

Everyone has heard of the army cadets;<br />

you’d be hard pressed to find someone<br />

who didn’t grow up with classmates<br />

attending training nights and competitions,<br />

sometimes mysterious to outsiders beyond<br />

the involvement of uniforms and drills.<br />

The Army Cadet Force can be traced back<br />

as far as 1859, and the current West End<br />

location has been in use since the 70s. But if<br />

you or your children have never been involved<br />

– how much do you really know about the<br />

Ministry of Defence-sponsored youth group?<br />

What you’d find on offer, it turns out,<br />

is a focus on fun, friendship, adventure and<br />

confidence. Right at the heart of Broomhill,<br />

A Troop meets at their Crow Road premises<br />

twice a week to practise an impressive<br />

range of sports, skills and community tasks.<br />

‘We challenge them to learn more, do more<br />

and try more,’ says Sergeant Major instructor<br />

Joyce Quin. ‘We inspire them to aim high and<br />

WORDS<br />

Hannah<br />

Westwater<br />

give them the skills, values and behaviours<br />

to go further in life, no matter what they aim<br />

to do.’<br />

Think athletics, first aid training, archery,<br />

radio communication, canoeing, navigation,<br />

skiing, parachuting, table tennis, caving,<br />

volleyball and much more – West End<br />

teenagers can access all of these for the<br />

cost of £10 towards their uniforms and £2<br />

per training session (which happen twice a<br />

week). A Troop in the West End welcomes<br />

many disadvantaged young people each<br />

week, so it’s a priority to keep fees low. Other<br />

specialist activities such as music and rock<br />

climbing are made available through centres<br />

across the UK, with cadets transported in<br />

minibuses by volunteer drivers and tuition<br />

offered by instructors for free.<br />

The cadets also attend a two-week camp<br />

each summer. A spot near Portsmouth was<br />

this year’s destination, with participants

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paying £90 for a fortnight of transport, food,<br />

accommodation, competitions, a day at a<br />

theme park and a formal dinner night.<br />

Military and drill knowledge are prominent<br />

facets of the training, too, and those involved<br />

are proud of the discipline, integrity and<br />

selflessness it encourages in the cadets,<br />

but they’re keen to emphasise that this is no<br />

army recruitment scheme.<br />

‘Most young people today follow their<br />

own path and are quite headstrong when it<br />

comes to making life decisions,’ Joyce adds.<br />

‘For anyone interested in the Armed Forces,<br />

then clearly the cadets will give them useful<br />

skills and help them decide whether a military<br />

life is really for them.<br />

‘However, statistics over the years show<br />

that the vast majority of our youngsters take<br />

a different route and end up succeeding<br />

in all sorts of other careers. Captain Alec<br />

Stirling MBE has led A Troop for over 27<br />

years. Nearly 1,000 young people have<br />

passed through our doors in his time, and he<br />

estimates that less than 2% have gone into<br />

military service.’<br />

The cadets are all about building<br />

resilience on both an individual and a<br />

community level. Joyce says they aim to<br />

‘foster confidence, self-reliance, initiative,<br />

loyalty and a sense of service to other<br />

people’; the opportunity to cultivate a<br />

network of friends outside school is a big<br />

plus for those who attend, with the current<br />

troop drawn from nine different high schools<br />

in the area (ages 12-17 years). ‘Joining the<br />

cadets was the best thing I’ve ever done. No<br />

one realises just how good it is until they give<br />

it a chance,’ one youngster testifies.<br />

There are opportunities to gain vocational<br />

qualifications through cadet training too,<br />

instructors ensuring they help prepare<br />

kids for the future in whichever ways<br />

they can. Cadets can pick up a BTEC1 in<br />

Teamwork, Personal Skills and Citizenship;<br />

a Young Leaders Award; a BTEC2 in Music<br />

for Practical Performance; an award in<br />

Leadership and Management and a Duke of<br />

Edinburgh’s Award in bronze, silver or gold.<br />

Joyce says, ‘Celebrating success is one of<br />

the things we do best, and everyone finds<br />

something that they’re good at.’<br />

The idea of military and drill training<br />

might seem a daunting prospect to those<br />

interested in getting involved, but they should<br />

be reassured that the cadet force wouldn’t<br />

see the success it does if there wasn’t a solid<br />

culture of support ingrained in what they do.<br />

‘A Troop is like a family to all of us. We spend<br />

so much of our time together that we know<br />

each other really well, know our young people<br />

really well, and devote most of our free time<br />

to cadet activities,’ Joyce says.<br />

‘The reward is seeing the delight in the<br />

young people’s faces when they finally<br />

succeed at something they’ve strived for.<br />

Be it their first ‘basic’ badge, a medal for<br />

sporting achievement, or a promotion to<br />

Cadet Sergeant – everyone finds their niche<br />

in our family and they embark on adult life as<br />

confident young people bursting with A Troop<br />

Attitude.’<br />

For more information visit –<br />

armycadets.com – local enquiries should<br />

head for the Glasgow & Lanarkshire<br />

Battalion pages.

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Endmum’s<br />

West<br />

notebook<br />

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Is it just me or has spring no real ambitions<br />

to materialise at all this year? Whatever the<br />

weather the days have started to become<br />

longer and the urge to be outside stronger<br />

with every day.<br />

Luckily, there are a few Bank Holiday<br />

weekends and the summer school holidays<br />

to look forward to. Plenty of time to indulge<br />

in outdoor activities if you are into such<br />

things like hiking, walking, climbing, camping<br />

or, like me, doing very little for a change.<br />

I much prefer sitting outside with a nice cup<br />

of coffee, good friends and a catch up.<br />

The kids sometimes prefer this too: they<br />

also feel the need to unwind from time to<br />

time. Their daily routines can be quite hectic<br />

and filled with all sorts of activities. To do<br />

nothing here and there appeals to them.<br />

Having said this, not as often as it appeals<br />

to me!<br />

You always need a backup plan.<br />

So, what things can you have up your sleeves<br />

this spring to entertain your dear children?<br />

If you haven’t yet been to see it, then the<br />

first Bank Holiday weekend will be your last<br />

chance: Dippy, the dinosaur, will be at the<br />

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum until<br />

6th May. And if that is not sufficient, pop<br />

over to the Kelvin Hall to see the ‘T.Rex in<br />

Town’ exhibition (18th April to 31st July).<br />

Trix, the T-Rex is a 66-million-year-old fossil<br />

found in the USA in 2013. The dinosaur is the<br />

only original skeleton of a T. Rex currently<br />

touring anywhere in the world and one of<br />

the three most complete skeletons in the<br />

world. Glasgow is the only UK stop on Trix’s<br />

European tour. At £39.50 for a family ticket it<br />

is not the cheapest of activities but I dare say<br />

a very exciting one.<br />

Or maybe arts and crafts are more your<br />

child’s thing? Then check out the Kelvin<br />

Hall again. They hold regular arts and crafts<br />

workshops for kids. On Saturday 4th May the<br />

theme is Star Wars!<br />

If you have very young children you<br />

should try the Riverside Museum for its Wee<br />

Adventurer Movers session on the 6th May.<br />

From 10.15-11.15am and again at 11.30-<br />

12.30pm kids can engage in stories, games<br />

and songs around the theme of transport.<br />

The sessions are free which is an additional<br />

bonus.<br />

The next Bank Holiday weekend at the<br />

end of May will now be fast approaching.<br />

As Glasgow schools are closed on the<br />

Friday as well as the Monday, many families<br />

choose to go away for a few days. But if you<br />

decide to stay at home, you will find plenty<br />

of things to do. Start the long weekend with<br />

a stroll through the Botanics and head for<br />

the book fair inside the Hopkirk building;<br />

you are bound to find a bargain. If you prefer<br />

handmade arts and crafts, then take a walk<br />

to Hillhead Library on the same day and visit<br />

the Byres Road Makers Market between 11-<br />

4pm. The Farmers’ Market at Mansfield Park<br />

in Partick will also be on the 25th between<br />

10am and 2pm.<br />

If you make it there do pop into our Café<br />

Hub for some refreshments and a chat,<br />

we will be open throughout both holiday<br />

weekends. Great coffee, lovely cakes and<br />

yummy food awaits! Then you can take a<br />

rest on the Sunday and take your children<br />

once more to the Kelvin Hall on the 27th to<br />

the Finders Seekers session. These are new<br />

monthly Monday sessions where children can<br />

explore the museums’ store, discover some<br />

amazing objects and get creative; between<br />

11-11.45am each time.<br />

What ever you chose to do, enjoy and<br />

have a good time. Bis bald und viel Spass!

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Noel Fitzpatrick will be well known to most of<br />

us through the incredibly popular television<br />

programmes ‘The Bionic Vet’ and ‘The Supervet’,<br />

but few of us will know the incredible journey which<br />

took him from his father’s farm in rural Ireland to<br />

becoming one of the most famous vets in the world.<br />

The Supervet<br />

by Noel Fitzpatrick<br />

This candid, heartfelt account<br />

of his dreams, struggles and<br />

challenges he faced will leave you<br />

impressed by his achievements,<br />

whilst posing many questions<br />

about how we treat animals and<br />

the future of veterinary medicine.<br />

The account of his early life<br />

growing up on a farm in Ballyfin<br />

is moving, as we hear how he<br />

and his siblings had to help out<br />

with the most arduous, mundane,<br />

backbreaking jobs from a young<br />

age. His father wasn’t present<br />

for his birth as Noel’s arrival<br />

coincided with cows needing to be<br />

dehorned, but such was the life of<br />

a struggling farmer that animals<br />

always had to come first.<br />

There is a touching episode<br />

which describes how Noel<br />

ventured out in the middle of the<br />

night to help with lambing and was<br />

devastated by his failure to keep<br />

the lamb alive. This was one of his<br />

earliest motivations to alleviate<br />

animal suffering and to learn as<br />

much as he could about veterinary<br />

medicine to avoid such heart<br />

wrenching loss in the future.<br />

We learn of his early creation of<br />

‘Vetman’, an imaginary figure who<br />

would swoop to the rescue when<br />

an animal was in need. We are<br />

told of the merciless bullying endured at secondary school, being<br />

a country bumpkin in a school of snobby urbanites. Nevertheless,<br />

these experiences all shaped him into the driven, determined<br />

young man who got the grades required to go to vet school.<br />

The latter half of the book conveys very succinctly the<br />

arduous process of becoming a vet – the long hours of study,<br />

the placements where you were expected to do much of the<br />

donkey work (I know), and the chance encounters and networking<br />

which ultimately led to him being able to open his first referral<br />

practice in a hut in a field. This practice grew and grew and finally<br />

morphed into the huge, sprawling complex in Eashing in Surrey<br />

where he can now deal with almost any ailment an animal could<br />

develop.<br />

A fair amount of words are expended on criticising ‘the system’<br />

and how reluctant bankers and venture capitalists are to take<br />

risks with no guaranteed return on their investment. These are<br />

clearly bugbears of his and he has the right to air his grievances,<br />

being such an influential person in the world of veterinary<br />

medicine. But the overall sentiment in the book is one of love for<br />


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If Only They<br />

Didn’t Speak<br />

English<br />

by Jon Sopel<br />

2<br />

Jon Sopel is an experienced<br />

BBC correspondent and has<br />

most recently been assigned<br />

to cover all matters American,<br />

beginning his sojourn in the<br />

Obama administration.<br />

When the most recent<br />

presidential campaign began,<br />

Sopel was in the perfect<br />

position to document what at<br />

times seemed like the most<br />

outlandish and incredible<br />

journey to the White House<br />

ever witnessed. Sopel does<br />

not hold back on his criticism<br />

of Trump, and nor would we<br />

expect him to. However, as<br />

a BBC correspondent bound<br />

by the ‘impartiality’ of the<br />

BBC, we are given the facts<br />

and allowed to make up our<br />

own minds, although there<br />

is little room for ambiguity<br />

in the statements and<br />

machinations leading to<br />

Trump’s inauguration, or in the<br />

decisions and reversals he has<br />

made since occupying the Oval<br />

O ffi c e .<br />

What I particularly enjoyed<br />

about Sopel’s approach was<br />

the amount of context he<br />

provides. In every chapter we<br />

are given Trump’s attitudes<br />

and policies towards a range<br />

of issues such as race, God,<br />

guns, truth and government.<br />

However, Sopel provides a lot<br />

of background for the British<br />

reader in order to frame<br />

American attitudes in general<br />

towards this diverse range of<br />

topics, as well as providing<br />

historical explanations for<br />

America’s often radically<br />

different stance compared to<br />

ours.<br />

The title alludes to the fact<br />

that it would be far easier to<br />

criticise Trump’s administration<br />

if they were from a more<br />

exotic part of the world, rather<br />

than our partner in a ‘special<br />

relationship’.<br />

Fans of Kate Atkinson will love<br />

her latest novel as it contains<br />

all the hallmarks of her writing<br />

for which she has become<br />

so renowned: the shifts in<br />

time, the seemingly quotidian<br />

characters who turn out to<br />

harbour dark secrets, the vivid<br />

reanimation of London during<br />

WW2 and the razor-sharp<br />

dialogue.<br />

‘Transcription’ follows<br />

the ‘adventures’ of Juliet<br />

Armstrong, or the lack thereof.<br />

Having been spotted and<br />

interviewed for ‘the service’<br />

(MI5), she quickly realises that<br />

most of her time will be spent<br />

transcribing conversations<br />

between fifth-columnists which<br />

have been secretly recorded.<br />

However, these seemingly<br />

endless periods of boredom<br />

are suddenly interspersed<br />

with moments of real danger,<br />

espionage and derring-do.<br />

Following the end of the<br />

war, Juliet finds employment<br />

in the BBC and is somewhat<br />

bemused to find that this<br />

service is much like the other<br />

service, often with the same<br />

personnel. If she thought that<br />

her days of intrigue were over,<br />

she was sorely mistaken.<br />

There are still plenty of<br />

twists and turns ahead for her.<br />

As always with Atkinson, one<br />

of the most enjoyable aspects<br />

of her fiction is the ability to<br />

view the past through the<br />

distance of a new situation,<br />

whilst the next minute being<br />

transported back into that<br />

past and having the benefit of<br />

viewing events with hindsight.<br />

It’s a technique which worked<br />

very well in ‘A God In Ruins’ and<br />

‘Life After Life’, and it works<br />

well again in ‘Transcription’.<br />

This book provided a highly<br />

enjoyable couple of days.<br />

Transcription<br />

by Kate Atkinson<br />


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Guilty Pleasures from Westender’s American in Glasgow

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small fruity<br />

lemon tarts<br />

It’s spring, it’s spring, it’s spring! In normal parts<br />

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my fingers, toes, arms, legs, every body part I<br />

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But, in the meantime, I can at least have the<br />

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Shopping List<br />

For the filling:<br />

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165g caster sugar<br />

3 tbs lemon zest<br />

100mL freshly squeezed<br />

lemon juice<br />

(about 3 lemons)<br />

3 tbs whipping cream<br />

130g butter,<br />

cut into small pieces<br />

½ tsp vanilla bean<br />

pinch of salt<br />

For the pastry:<br />

260g plain flour<br />

135g icing sugar<br />

180g cold butter,<br />

cut into small pieces<br />

For décor:<br />

fresh seasonal berries<br />

L<br />

Method<br />

1. To make the lemon filling, in a<br />

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the lemon zest, lemon juice and heavy<br />

cream.<br />

2. Over a saucepan of very lightly<br />

boiling water (the bowl should just touch<br />

the water), whisk the mixture for about<br />

8 minutes until it coats the back of a<br />

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Roll out the dough and place in small<br />

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Lock 27<br />

Reviewed by<br />

Emily Donoho<br />

Lock 27 reopened in December under new<br />

ownership, and I decided to pay it a visit,<br />

on my bike, of course, as it sits on the<br />

canal in Anniesland with a beer garden<br />

overlooking the water.<br />

In March, it was too chilly for the beer<br />

garden, but I’m sure people will make use of<br />

it in the summer. In its previous incarnation,<br />

the pub was gloomy inside, with a lot of tatty,<br />

dark green upholstery, but the new – and<br />

definitely improved – Lock 27 is bright and<br />

roomy. They have moved the bar from the<br />

centre of the pub to the back and made it<br />

more or less one big room, with a few more<br />

tables on a raised stage and a corner around<br />

one side. The colour scheme is neutral and<br />

contemporary, emphasising space and light.<br />

It’s set up as more of a restaurant than a<br />

pub, although it has a few bar stools in the<br />

middle and a bench off to one side for those<br />

fancying just a drink.<br />

It doesn’t sell cask ales but has an<br />

extensive range of beer on tap including<br />

Twisted Thistle, Guinness, Tennents,<br />

Belhaven Best, Coors Lite, Craft Pilsner,<br />

Birra Moretti, and Amstel, as well as two<br />

Strongbows for cider fans. They also have<br />

more than ten varieties of gin. I tried one<br />

in a G-and-T, which they jazzed up with<br />

raspberries and blueberries in the bottom<br />

of the glass. I hadn’t had that before, but it<br />

added zesty flavours to the drink. The pub<br />

has plenty of wine, mixers for cocktails, and<br />

at least ten different malt whiskies. There’s<br />

pretty much a drink for everyone.<br />

The food is tasty and affordable. This isn’t<br />

a food review, but I will say that they do an<br />

excellent fajita.<br />

It has two big TV screens, so probably<br />

gets busy during major rugby or football<br />

games, but if you want to watch sports,<br />

it’s an airy, open space to do so. They also<br />

do a pub quiz on Tuesdays. The pub is dog<br />

friendly, which is sensible given its location.<br />

The only real quibble I have is that it could<br />

be more bike-friendly. They provide a small,<br />

low-security bike rack, which only lets you<br />

secure one wheel. If you want a D-lock on the<br />

bike’s frame, you have to wrestle awkwardly<br />

with it around the canal railings while trying<br />

to not drop the lock in the canal. As spring<br />

approaches and more people cycle the canal,<br />

a big bike rack like the ones around the<br />

university and City Centre would definitely be<br />

an asset.<br />

Lock 27<br />

1100 Crow Road G13 1JT<br />

0141 954 1144<br />


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Public<br />

House by Nico<br />

Reviewed by Amy Glasgow @theglasgowdiet<br />

There has been a distinct rise in the<br />

number of restaurants offering ‘small<br />

plates’ in recent years. Think of the<br />

likes of Ox and Finch, Alchemilla, Gather by<br />

Zique and Five March, all following the same<br />

premise of sharing style plates rather than a<br />

standard ‘a la carte’ offering. It may not be<br />

to everyone’s liking, but the ability to sample<br />

numerous dishes is something that appeals<br />

to a fervent diner like myself.<br />

Public House by Nico conforms to this<br />

same format, with a selection of small plates,<br />

snacks and sides to chose from, all of them<br />

intended to be a reinvention of classic gastro<br />

pub food.<br />

This latest venture from Nico Simeone is<br />

intended to capture the charm of the Great<br />

British Pub, complete with Chesterfield<br />

seating and reclaimed wooden fixtures.<br />

The space has an inviting and homely feel to<br />

it, although it looks far more upscale than any<br />

Scottish pub I’ve been to and, unless you’re<br />

dining, you’re unlikely to find space to come<br />

in and have a quiet pint.<br />

The menu offers a selection of plates<br />

using seasonal ingredients, with dishes like<br />

beer battered haddock, chicken kiev and pie<br />

of the day all providing a casual nod to the<br />

average pub menu, if only in name – certainly<br />

not in appearance.<br />

Every dish on the menu is presented with<br />

that signature Nico flair, whether it’s the<br />

smoked ham hough sandwich brought to the<br />

table enveloped in a cloche filled with wood<br />

smoke or the effortless simplicity of perfectly<br />

shaped gnocchi with seasonal wild garlic,<br />

spring peas and house made ricotta.<br />

For two people, it is recommended you<br />

order two or three dishes per person, all of<br />

which are priced at a reasonable £7 each,<br />

apart from one or two that require a small<br />

supplement of £3. We opted for five dishes<br />

and a side of large, delightfully crisp onion<br />

rings. The highlight was, surprisingly, the<br />

humble pie of the day. Todays’ offering was<br />

chicken and black pudding, topped with<br />

perfectly crisp puff pastry and a filling that<br />

packed a punch.<br />

The mussels with curry, lemongrass,<br />

lime and coriander were equally flavourful,<br />

served in a warming, perfectly spiced sauce,<br />

although I recommend ordering a side of<br />

their sourdough to mop up that mesmerizing<br />

orange liquid.<br />

Each dish we ordered was beautifully<br />

balanced, from the crisp crunch of duck skin<br />

against soft red onion slaw to the sweet,<br />

smoky barbecue pulled pork sat on top of a<br />

beef patty and chorizo jam. Despite ordering<br />

slightly less than the recommended amount,<br />

we left feeling satiated and well looked<br />

after. This is pub food on another level, with<br />

attentive service and a not-unreasonable<br />

price tag. In my eyes, this is Nico’s most<br />

successful venture yet.<br />

Public House by Nico<br />

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0141 339 3701<br />


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Health Matters<br />

GP Dr. Pamela Leggate, of Glasgow West Medical Practice,<br />

talks us through the symptoms of the menopause and how<br />

to weigh up the pros and cons of Hormone Replacement<br />

Therapy and other remedies<br />

Oh my god! It has finally hit me. I am<br />

middle aged… It all started a few<br />

months back when the meeting room<br />

at the practice was feeling unfashionably hot.<br />

A problem with the heating no doubt… we’ll<br />

just open a window. Nope said the practice<br />

nurse, I can tell by the way you’re wiping the<br />

sweat from your brow. It’s your age! My age?<br />

Seriously? I don’t feel old… Anyway the long<br />

and the sort of it is she was right. Menopause<br />

has struck.<br />

So what does it actually mean? What can<br />

I do about it? Wasn’t there some bad press<br />

about this sort of thing a while back? The<br />

short answer is HRT (Hormone Replacement<br />

Therapy) which has worked well for me but<br />

might not be for everybody. For the longer<br />

answer, read on…<br />

Menopause is a retrospective diagnosis<br />

which actually refers to the last menstrual<br />

period. It’s the time leading up to this event<br />

and for an unspecified amount of time<br />

after it that seems to cause all the trouble.<br />

Symptoms vary but can include hot flushes,<br />

night sweats, irritability, anxiety, ‘ditheriness’.<br />

It’s all down to a drop in hormone levels as<br />

your ovaries start to struggle. Oestrogen<br />

comes out in fits and starts until your ovaries<br />

finally give up the ghost. Hormonal chaos<br />

ensues.<br />

For some women, it’s no big deal. I think<br />

if I didn’t have to sit in the meeting room with<br />

the dodgy heating, but could sit by the pool<br />

sipping a chilled cocktail, I might have been<br />

fine. Some get no symptoms whatsoever.<br />

Others have horrendous sweats, resulting in<br />

sheet and PJ changes in the middle of the<br />

night.<br />

If you do want to go down the route of<br />

taking medication, HRT is definitely the most

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effective treatment for most symptoms.<br />

It’s oestrogen from the ovaries that you’re<br />

lacking, so taking oestrogen tablets makes<br />

you feel better. Result! However (isn’t there<br />

always a however?), taking oestrogen alone<br />

was found to cause problems – thickening<br />

of the lining of the womb, polyps, bleeding<br />

and even cancer of the womb. The answer, to<br />

protect the womb, is to add a progesterone<br />

type hormone for at least some of the month,<br />

but progesterone is the stuff that rises in your<br />

body before a period, so some people feels<br />

irritable and ‘premenstrual’ when they take it.<br />

Women who have had a hysterectomy<br />

in the past don’t need to worry about their<br />

womb, so they can take oestrogen only.<br />

This also applies if you have a Mirena coil<br />

(intrauterine system), making HRT more<br />

straightforward and lower in side effects.<br />

There are lots of different combined<br />

preparations available though so if you do get<br />

side effects with one, try a different brand.<br />

But wasn’t there a downside? Yes.<br />

The main concern is breast cancer. Because,<br />

in taking HRT, you are exposing your body<br />

to hormones for longer than nature intended,<br />

you are slightly more likely to develop breast<br />

cancer when on it for five years or more past<br />

the natural age of the menopause (51, 52). So<br />

if you go through a premature menopause at<br />

say 36, you are not at any increased risk at all<br />

until the age of 56ish. That doesn’t guarantee<br />

you won’t get breast cancer. It just means<br />

you are no more likely than anyone else of the<br />

same age.<br />

For everyone, as with anything else, you<br />

need to carefully weigh up the pros and<br />

cons. Someone with a strong family history<br />

of breast cancer might be a bit wary of<br />

increasing their risk even by a small amount.<br />

HRT does have beneficial effects on bone<br />

density though (preventing bone thinning)<br />

so if you have a strong family history of<br />

osteoporosis this might sway you to try it.<br />

The other thing to mention is<br />

contraception. It wouldn’t be the first time<br />

someone has missed a few periods, decided<br />

they were menopausal and were horrified<br />

to find out they were pregnant at 50! Your<br />

ovaries are determined wee things and<br />

struggle to produce eggs until they can go<br />

on no longer. Occasionally they succeed<br />

and a ‘change of life baby’ is the result. So<br />

you do need to continue to take adequate<br />

contraception until around age 54. Talk to<br />

your doctor about what is suitable for older<br />

(NB: not OLD just ‘in your prime’) women.<br />

If you can’t (or decide not to) take HRT<br />

for whatever reason there are a few nonhormonal<br />

alternatives. Things like Sage, Red<br />

Clover, Black Cohosh and some other herbal<br />

stuff might help and some women swear<br />

by them. Magnets in your pants? Not sure<br />

about the science behind that but I can’t<br />

imagine it could do any harm! Some beta<br />

blocker medications can help with flushes<br />

and antidepressants (Prozac or Venlafaxine)<br />

can help with flushes as well as anxiety/mood<br />

disturbances.<br />

For a balanced, sensible and informative<br />

review of HRT and the menopause look up:<br />

nice.org.uk/guidance/ng23. It’s quite a<br />

detailed paper but if you’re struggling to<br />

make up your mind, all the info is there.<br />

Right, I’m off for a cocktail by the pool.

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Homes & Interiors<br />

WD Harley Glasgow<br />

by Susan<br />

Robertson<br />

Renovations<br />

Coming into the drier spell of the year, it’s a time that<br />

we often consider a refresh in our homes, perhaps<br />

thinking about those jobs to be done that have niggled<br />

all through winter, maybe you want to find a way to<br />

connect your interior to your outside environment,<br />

or perhaps you have decided it’s time for a complete<br />

overhaul of your home.

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in mind<br />

Whatever it is, it’s important to start with a<br />

clear vision, get the right experts on board and<br />

create a plan for the best results.<br />

If you have no expertise in the area, the<br />

potential of making any big changes can seem<br />

daunting. The idea of form filling, planning<br />

permission, work schedules, juggling budgets,<br />

managing ideas can just seem too vast, so I<br />

spoke to Mark Butler of WD Harley for some<br />

pointers. WD Harley are multi-disciplinary<br />

project consultants working in Glasgow and the<br />

Loch Lomond and National Park who can help<br />

with project management, design development,<br />

planning and building warrant applications and<br />

contract administration.<br />

Mark gave me a really useful outline of the<br />

process to follow that will help anyone thinking<br />

of making changes or renovations to their<br />

property. Firstly, define a brief. Mark explained,<br />

'By writing a "project brief" before you contact<br />

any designers you can come to agreement about<br />

the most important parts of the project to you<br />

and agree key spatial and aesthetic outcomes.<br />

The project brief can then be developed and<br />

amended as the project progresses but you<br />

will always have this to guide you and others<br />

through.'<br />

Once you have your vision clear in your mind<br />

and an outline of how you want to pursue it,<br />

then you need to think about how you take it<br />

forward. Mark advises, 'If the project is small<br />

you may only need a single designer (architect<br />

or interior designer) but in more complex<br />

construction projects you may need to employ<br />

other designers such as structural engineers,<br />

and involving a builder at an early stage can also<br />

be a helpful way ensuring a smooth transition<br />

from the design stage of the project through to<br />

the construction stage.'<br />

It's then vital to consider who manages all<br />

of this. The role of project manager is key and<br />

this decision can be the make-or-break of any<br />

project. Think very seriously and honestly<br />

about your skills and limitations here – can<br />

you really juggle the multiple trades required<br />

or do you need to hand this over to an expert?<br />

It will depend on the scale of the project. Mark<br />

said, 'In most larger construction projects,<br />

alongside designers and builders there will be<br />

an individual employed as a "project manager".<br />

This individual is often vital to the success of<br />

the project and although it is possible to employ<br />

somebody to fulfil this role, in most renovations<br />

this role is carried out by you.'<br />

The next area to consider is planning and<br />

building warrants. You may have an architect<br />

or designer to help you with this, but make<br />

sure you are on top of it at an early stage –<br />

no-one wants to have to rip apart wonderful<br />

constructions because of a gap in paperwork<br />

and ticked boxes. So make sure that you are<br />

clear what permissions are required in the first<br />

place. Mark’s advice here is, 'Although internal

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Homes & Interiors<br />

alterations do not usually require planning<br />

consent, in the West End many properties are<br />

located in conservation areas or listed buildings<br />

and do require consent from the local authority<br />

planning department. If the project will involve<br />

structural alterations or the installation of new<br />

sanitary fixtures you will also need building<br />

warrant consent from the local authority<br />

before you can start works. Developing good<br />

relationships with designers and builders early<br />

on, will help guide you through these processes.'<br />

Then, you’re good to go. Mark advises, 'Once<br />

you have obtained necessary consents for the<br />

projects you can start works and it is important<br />

that you or the project manager continue to pay<br />

close attention to the progress of the works and<br />

continue to communicate regularly with the<br />

builder and designers. If you obtained building<br />

warrant consent for the project the local<br />

authority will need to inspect the works after<br />

they are finished before issuing a completion<br />

certificate which you will need in the event that<br />

the property is sold.'<br />

Ensure that you have picked your experts<br />

wisely. Whatever size of project you go for,<br />

much of the traditional architecture and<br />

tenements of the West End have their own<br />

special requirements to think of. The windows,<br />

plasterwork, woodwork and tiling all have years<br />

of craftsmanship to be considered and you<br />

need to be careful to select the right builder,<br />

tradesman or artisan.<br />

An example particularly relevant for the<br />

tenement buildings is the elegant plasterwork<br />

many of us have in our homes. I asked a<br />

local expert for some advice in his area of<br />

expertise. David Fountain of Reproplaster<br />

told me, 'Renovations of traditional properties<br />

can at times present themselves with specific<br />

challenges. Sometimes refurbishments require<br />

very simple adjustments to ornate cornices,<br />

for example the addition of a pipe chase, or<br />

reinstating half an ornate ceiling. Owners often<br />

worry that it can never be repaired but when the<br />

work is done you’d never know it was ever any<br />

different.'<br />

David expanded, 'As well as repairs, there<br />

is very often the scenario where ceilings have<br />

been lost in full, and it’s the reinstatement of<br />

traditional looking features which are required,<br />

but not necessarily match the existing. You<br />

may have acquired a property where they were<br />

already lost and its not even known what was<br />

there before or what it looked like. This is where<br />

our product list and expert knowledge comes in<br />

and we can help to guide through the process of<br />

making the right choice for your home.'<br />

With thanks to:<br />

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The Ideal Home Show Scotland returns<br />

to the SEC Glasgow from 24-27 May<br />

to showcase the latest trends in interiors,<br />

renovation, DIY, gardens and lifestyle.<br />

To celebrate we are offering free tickets<br />

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This year’s line-up of celebrity<br />

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DIY SOS presenter Nick Knowles, joining<br />

Scots favourite John Amabile as well as<br />

Kunle Barker and David Domoney on the<br />

Super Theatre stage. Top chef Rosemary<br />

Shrager will also be on hand to talk all things<br />

food and drink at the Festival Stage.<br />

Highlights of the four-day event include<br />

the Expert Advice Hub where visitors can<br />

book 1-to-1 sessions with specialists in<br />

renovation, design and finance, the Erskine<br />

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and the Ideal Super Theatre with talks and<br />

demonstrations from special guests.<br />

With more than 400 exhibitors expected<br />

to fill the halls at the SEC over the bank<br />

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everyone, including the Eat and Drink Festival<br />

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Our busy days are often spent juggling family, work and social<br />

engagements, checking emails and keeping everything ticking over.<br />

But how often do we actually stop, take the weight off our feet and<br />

indulge in a bit of me-time? Here are a few ideas for some items<br />

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Baa Stool,<br />

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Cath Waters Mug,<br />

£15, Cassiopeia<br />

Large Book Light,<br />

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Lavender & Geranium Tall Pillar<br />

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Homes & Interiors<br />

by Susan Robertson<br />

Local Design<br />

Icon<br />

Charles Rennie Mackintosh is a name familiar to<br />

most, particularly in Glasgow. A design pioneer<br />

that shaped a creative movement and created an<br />

iconic style of unique and lasting impact is one of<br />

Glasgow’s local heroes.<br />

His renowned building at the Glasgow School<br />

of Art has been at the forefront of news and<br />

conversation recently due to the two tragic fires that<br />

have devastated the building and the surrounding<br />

area. It still remains to be seen what will rise<br />

from the ashes, but Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s<br />

influence can still be felt widely across the city, as<br />

well as through international design history.

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Mackintosh was born in Glasgow in 1868 and<br />

became an award-winning architect who also<br />

experimented with furniture design, metal crafts<br />

and watercolour painting. He travelled extensively<br />

and his style drew from eclectic and innovative<br />

influences which won him acclaim, but – as is often<br />

the case with true innovators – his home city only<br />

really appreciated him after his passing.<br />

A new statue unveiled recently brings<br />

Mackintosh’s creative eye to life as he gazes across<br />

the West End from his elevated position on one of his<br />

famous chairs now situated on St Vincent Street in<br />

Anderston. It was designed to mark<br />

the culmination of events celebrating the 150th<br />

anniversary of the designer’s birth, created by<br />

renowned sculptor Andy Scott and unveiled by<br />

First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon who said, 'This<br />

magnificent new Charles Rennie Mackintosh statue<br />

is a fantastic addition to Glasgow and recognises the<br />

incredible legacy of one of Scotland's most iconic<br />

architects, designers and artists. It is a privilege<br />

to officially unveil Andy Scott's installation, which<br />

now stands in pride of place in Anderston – an area<br />

transformed through the 10-year regeneration<br />

project.'<br />

Mackintosh and three of his university<br />

contemporaries (one of which later became his wife<br />

-Margaret Macdonald) made up the creative group<br />

known as "The Four" and they were responsible<br />

for creating distinctive art and graphics that<br />

became known as The Glasgow Style. Mackintosh<br />

became the most renowned of the group, and his<br />

style is very distinctive. He uses strong contrasts<br />

between dark and light, with bold lines and squares<br />

alongside elegant circles, most notably the famous<br />

Glasgow Rose design that has become immediately<br />

recognisable as his.<br />

The distinctiveness of his style makes it easy to<br />

bring an identifiable touch of it into your own home.<br />

You can consider a strong theme throughout a new<br />

look, with soft cream carpets, dark wood panelled<br />

walls, and twisted metallic lighting. Add some<br />

statement furniture with high backed wooden chairs<br />

and you can complement with contemporary sofas<br />

or bedding. Touches of soft blush pink and vibrant<br />

green immediately give a nod to the Mackintosh<br />

style legacy.<br />

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Alternatively, you could choose a bathroom or a<br />

hall to bring the minimalism that he loved into full<br />

fruition, going for crisp white wood throughout,<br />

and displaying some of his beautiful watercolours<br />

on the wall, or pull out features inspired by his style<br />

through a bold mirror or lamp. You can create a<br />

sense of his style in fabric, creating your own designs<br />

online is a great way to do this. Develop a repeating<br />

pattern alluding to your favourite element, for<br />

example his Glasgow Rose, or alluding to the long,<br />

thin rectangular shapes he used in windows and<br />

chairs and create some full length curtains with your<br />

fabric. This is a great way to honour his design legacy<br />

in your home, at the same time as marrying this with<br />

a contemporary colour scheme and furnishings.<br />

We’re lucky to live in the city that his admirers<br />

travel to visit, so we have inspiration on our<br />

doorstep. His work and ideas can be viewed across<br />

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